November 26, 2016

Former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, is dead

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States is dead.

Mr. Castro, who for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday at the age of 90, state-run Cuban Television said.

Mr. Castro had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006 and he formally ceded power to his younger brother, Raul, two years later.

It was Raul who announced his brother died on Friday evening.

Mr. Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron will, creating a one-party state and becoming a central figure in the Cold War.

He was demonized by the United States and its allies but admired by many leftists around the world, especially socialist revolutionaries in Latin America and Africa.

Castro transformed Cuba from a playground for rich Americans into a symbol of resistance.

He fended off a CIA-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961 as well as countless assassination attempts.

His alliance with Moscow helped trigger the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, a 13-day showdown with the United States that brought the world the closest it has been to nuclear war.

He swept away capitalism and won support for bringing schools and hospitals to the poor.

Sources: Reuters/NAN

10 comments:

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

Still watching on TV now...... A great hero

Hassan Aderemi said...

The fallen of Iroko, RIP Fidel Castro.

Afoke Maleke said...

OH...The Great man is Gone...R i P Great Leader ...you can only be a leader,when u get a leader to follow u...

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Rip

Iliyasu sulaiman sani said...

RIP American nightmare

Jeff Kingsley Jr said...

RIP to him

Chioma Ujo said...

RIP

Anslem Caesar said...

wonderful achievements, but ruling for 49 years, na only him get sense for their country?

Ay360 said...

RIP

olisayemk said...

May his soul rest in peace

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